Shawn Keough

Budget director apologizes for 'slush fund' comment

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's budget chief has apologized to state budget writers after accusing them of creating a slush fund to be used exclusively by the Idaho Legislature.

Jani Revier, who oversees Otter's Division of Financial Management, wrote a letter to the Joint Finance Appropriation Committee criticizing a $22 million proposal designed to fund various technology projects across state agencies. An original version of the bill dictated that the Legislature, not the executive branch, would be in charge of how the fund would be distributed.

"(The bill) does not allow agency funding requests or funding recommendations from the governor...This makes it...